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The greatest act of love in the history of time came when God the Father, who so loved the world that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to leave His position in Heaven and go to earth to pay the penalty for man’s sin. Jesus’ mission was to carry out God’s will to restore the sinful hearts and minds of all humankind to their original state of righteousness. Jesus obeyed His Father and willingly gave up His life by death on the cross. Three days later He rose from the dead completing His mission. Jesus remained on earth for forty days and then He ascended to Heaven to sit at the right hand of God with the promise that He will return sometime in the future.
“He was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God” (Mark 16:19).
Should we then surmise that Jesus is doing nothing except for hanging out with God the Father? It is impossible for the One True God to do nothing. Jesus is never idle.
At the beginning of time, God created the universe and everything in it. Now Jesus sustains everything every moment of every day! Nothing is too big or too difficult for God.
“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word” (Hebrews 1:3).
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in Heaven and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy” (Colossians 1:15-18).
In addition to all that Jesus does in maintaining the order of the Universe, He still is our personal and loving Lord. He knows our hearts, our needs, our thoughts, our pain, and our suffering. No matter what we are facing, we are not alone. Jesus promised that He would not forsake or abandon us; he is with us. (Hebrews 13:5)
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them” (1 John 4:16).
After Jesus rose from the dead, those who believed in Him were given the gift of the Holy Spirit to live in them. Through His Spirit, Jesus listens continually to us, speaks into our hearts, and gives us His peace and hope.
“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning” (John 15:26,27).
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4-7).
Jesus is now in Heaven to intercede for those who believe in Him. He makes requests on our behalf and brings our prayers before the Father according to His will. God accepted His Son’s advocacy on our behalf as part of their divine agreement before they created the world.
“Since you call on a Father who judges each one’s work impartially, conduct yourselves in reverent fear during your stay as foreigners. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life you inherited from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or spot. He was known before the foundation of the world, but was revealed in the last times for your sake” (1 Peter 1:17-20).
What a relief it is to know that the effectiveness of our prayers does not depend on us! We don’t have to have the knowledge or the words to express what we need because “the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will” (Romans 8:27).
Jesus is our advocate when we sin. He pleads our case before our holy God solely on our believing in the shed blood of Jesus for our forgiveness of sin.
“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:1,2)
What’s more, Christ is preparing a place for us in Heaven and arranging all the events necessary for His return.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going” (John 14:1-4).
To say that Jesus is busy in Heaven is an understatement. As humans, we cannot grasp the enormity of what God is actually doing in Heaven and beyond. What we do know is that before Jesus ascended to Heaven, He commanded us to love Him and to love and serve others. In the midst of our busy schedules, our focus should find us walking with Jesus as we reflect His light in our communities through our work, our attitudes, our words, our behavior, and our generosity.